Celebrating Waffles

There are two holidays celebrating waffles. National Waffle Day on August 24th and International Waffle Day on March 25th.

National Waffle Day

National Waffle Day on August 24th commemorates the anniversary of the first waffle iron patent issued. On August 24, 1869, Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York received his patent for the waffle iron.

International Waffle Day

International Waffle Day is on March 25th. Waffle Day started as a tradition that was celebrated in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark each year on March 25, which is also the Feast of the Annunciation, upon which waffles are typically eaten. The Feast of Annunciation commemorates the visit of the archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, during which he informed her that she would be the mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The shift from the religious celebration to Waffle Day occurred because the Swedish Vårfrudagen, meaning “Our Lady’s Day” or the Feast of the Annunciation, sounds similar to Våffeldagen (“waffle day”) in faster speech, and so over time Swedes started calling it Waffle Day and celebrating by eating waffles.

Waffle Trivia

  • The word “waffle” first appears in the English language in 1725.
  • The word waffle comes from the Dutch wafel which means “wafer.”
  • The earliest known recording of a waffle recipe is in an anonymous manuscript called Le Ménagier de Paris, which was a set of instructions written by a Frenchman for his young wife.
  • Belgian waffles topped with whipped cream and strawberries were first introduced to Americans at the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle. These delicious creations were made by Maurice and Rose Vermersch of Belgium. They sold them again at 1964 World’s Fair in Brooklyn, which is where they became a huge success.
  • Bill Bowerman actually used a waffle iron to create the first Nike sneaker sole.
  • The Waffle House sells 145 waffles a minute.
  • The largest waffle in the world weighed 110 lb 3.68 oz and was created by Stichting Gouda Oogst in Nieuwe Markt, Gouda, Netherlands, on 29 June 2013. The waffle had a diameter of 8 ft 1.24 in.
  • There are two waffle holidays, International Waffle Day is on March 25th and National Waffle Day is on August 24th.
  • Thomas Jefferson brought to first waffle iron to America, or did he? Read More.
  • Patrick Bertoletti currently in 2021 holds the record for most waffles eaten at 29 waffles in 10 minutes is 29 waffles which he did at the International Waffle Eating Contest.
  • Originally Eggos were called Froffles, a combination of “frozen and waffle.”
  • In 1904 in Missouri an ice cream vendor at the St. Louis World Fair ran out of ice cream cups so he asked the nearby waffle vendor for help. The ice cream vendor folded waffles and used them to make the first ever ice cream cones thus creating the now well known, waffle cone.

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Sources:
Food Beast
Gunther Toody’s Waffle Trivia





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